Twitter Tributes Paid To Former Heavyweight Boxer “Gary Mason”

Sad news today for the world of boxing, former Boxer “Gary Mason” has been killed in a bicycle accident Thursday in South London. The 48-year old who was born in Jamaica won the title of British Heavyweight Champion back in 1989. Online social networking site Twitter has today been inundated with tributes from people of all ages, some of whom may not have even been old enough to see his bouts.

News in from Metro has stated that Mason was out on his bicycle early Thursday morning along Sandy Lane South, near the junction with Woodcote Road, Wallington. It is yet to be confirmed with exactly what happened and who is responsible, but reports are saying that a collision took place involving a van. The 48-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene, and subsequently the van driver has been arrested on possible charges relating to careless driving.

During his boxing career, Mason fought in 38 professional bouts between 1984 to 1994. Fights included that of Lennox Lewis in 1991 of which Mason unfortunately lost. As well as Twitter tributes, another former heavyweight boxing champion, the great “Frank Bruno” has paid his own respects by saying, “We used to spar together in the early days. Gary was probably a better technical boxer than me, although I had more determination.”

Over on Twitter, tweets have included that of “RIP, Gary Mason.” Another says, “Gary Mason, a giant boxer and a gent RIP,” or “Sorry to hear Gary Mason died today. Met him through work when he volunteered to help young people.”

RIP Gary Mason. Please feel free to leave us your very own tributes below.

  • sharon

    rip to a very good boxer who will be sadly missed

  • Jim clements

    I only met gary a couple of times through his drumming workshop working together with us.

    But I was big fan of 80’s Boxing so was a bit starstruck meeting him.

    But what a lovely geezer with a great sense of humour. RIP Gary.